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Empathy and compassion require attentive mind

By Dave Henning / August 7, 2020

“It’s not only deep thinking that requires a calm, attentive mind.  It’s also empathy and compassion. . . .  it’s only recently that [psychologists have] begun researching the sources of our nobler instincts.  What they’re finding is that, as Antonio Damasio . . . explains, the higher emotions emerge from neural processes that are inherently […]

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Loving ways in action – and like them too!

By Dave Henning / October 16, 2019

“Don’t just act in loving ways toward people — make an effort to like them too. . . .  For me, it goes back to learning how to forgive myself.  To give grace when I fail and tone it down when I’m tempted to beat myself up.  Because if I can’t bury the hatchet with […]

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Gifts hidden in suffering – redeemed

By Dave Henning / October 8, 2019

“There are gifts hidden in suffering that can be redeemed only in the experience. . . .  Compassion, which literally means ‘suffering with,’ may feel like the most futile kind of suffering.  It changes nothing.  It hold no hope of changing anything.  Yet to be compassionate is to see with a God’s-eye view.”- Desmond Tutu, […]

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People who stop at the gate

By Dave Henning / September 1, 2019

“Let’s be people who stop at the gate.  Let’s look at the hurting until we hurt with them.  No hurrying past, turning away, or shifting of eyes.  No pretending or glossing over.  Let’s look at the face until we see the person.”- Max Lucado “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because […]

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Let God unshell you – discover your language

By Dave Henning / August 25, 2019

“Let God unshell you.  And when he does, ‘make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that’ (Galatians6:4, MSG).  Don’t miss the opportunity to discover your language.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 3 (“Let God Unshell You”) of Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado observes […]

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Our litmus test for worship

By Dave Henning / April 8, 2019

“What if  . . . our litmus test for worship was a heart that breaks for the things that break the heart of God?  What if we saw compassion as a form of worship?  Worship without words.  Worship beyond words?”- Mark Batterson “It’s more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor […]

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Faith, compassion – abstract or concrete?

By Dave Henning / April 7, 2019

“I think it’s easy to talk about things like faith and obedience and compassion in abstract terms.  The more abstract, the less convicting the truth is.  So let me get concrete.  Faith equals God-ordained risks in the face of fear.  Obedience equals God -honoring decisions in the face of temptation.  And compassion equals Spirit-prompted generosity […]

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Compassion – always the right reaction

By Dave Henning / April 5, 2019

” . . . just as you are responsible for your actions, no matter how right or wrong they are, you are also responsible for your reactions.  And compassion is always the right reaction.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 2 of Primal, he talks about the concept of sympathy breakthroughs.  Jonathan Glover, who […]

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It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way

By Dave Henning / April 1, 2019

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way (Thomas Nelson, 2018) Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, recently penned It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.  As Ms. TerKeurst begins, she calcualtes the formula for what we see as a normal life: hard time + healing time […]

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Quick to judge the reliability of God

By Dave Henning / March 31, 2019

“We are so quick to judge the quality of our lives and the reliability of God based on individual events rather than the eventual good God is  working on putting together.  We must know that just like the master baker has reasons to allow the flour and eggs in right measure into his recipe, Jesus […]

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Clothed with garments of understanding

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2019

“Who do you want standing near you in those moments dripping with disappointment and saturated with sorrow? . . .  It’s those clothed with garments of understanding.  They have personally experienced that his life between two gardens can sometimes make it excruciatingly painful to be human.”- Lysa TerKeurst “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and […]

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Every single one of us – a masterpiece

By Dave Henning / October 3, 2018

“Every single one of us is a masterpiece.  And at the same time, you might say we all have parts in process.  So we can expect difficulties to arise in even the healthiest of relationships.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller As Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller continue Chapter 14 of Boundaries for Your Soul, they […]

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